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Where to buy Iranian saffron in istanbul

Is it better to buy saffron at the spice bazaar or the grand bazaar? What is a good price to pay for saffron (good quality)? Are there any tips or rules to bringing spices home to US? Thanks for any guidance.

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The last time I flew international last year, the airlines were making a big deal about having powders (such as spices) in your carryon luggage. You'd need to check the TSA website for the latest information, but I believe there was a specific limit for powders in carryon bags. You could pack as many spices as you liked in your checked luggage.

Take along a couple of good quality plastic bags to store your spices in your luggage. It would be a shame for them to come open in your suitcase and stain your clothes!

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You are buying strands, not powder, right? Food stuffs are in the spice bazaar - dried and fresh fruits and nuts, lokum (turkish delight) in dozens of flavors and you can taste them all, fresh ground coffee, teas, whole and ground spices and more. I don't remember seeing any of that in the grand bazaar, though I didn't spend a lot of time there. The spice bazaar is most crowded on Sundays. Prices are cheaper in the stands surrounding the covered bazaar and quality appears to be the same.

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Whether it's Iranian or not, I don't know. Saffron is very reasonably priced in Turkey and Greece so I just figured it's grown there.